The Southern California Gas Company announced Saturday that it has completed the cleaning of four public parks in addressing community concerns about brown spots believed to be related to the Porter Ranch gas leak.
According to the company, cleaning has been finished at Holleigh Bernson Memorial and Moonshine Canyon Parks at Senson Boulevard and Porter Ranch Drive, Palisades Park at Tampa Avenue and Braemore Road, Viking Park at Viking Avenue and Nau Avenue, and Porter Ridge Park at Senson Boulevard and Beaufait Avenue.
Also, exterior cleaning began Friday at the Shepherd of the Hills Church, 19700 Rinaldi St., and is scheduled next week for two parks in private communities near the Aliso Canyon facility, said Chris Gilbride of SoCalGas.
Assessments and cleaning at 200 homes where brown spots have been reported are currently underway, Gilbride said, and spots have generally been reported on outside surfaces. SoCalGas will also assess reports of residue on surfaces inside homes as well.
The Aliso Canyon gas leak was first detected Oct. 23. It was unofficially capped on Feb. 11 and formally declared sealed on Feb. 18. Thousands of Porter Ranch-area residents moved to temporary housing out of the area — at the gas company’s expense — during the leak.
Those residents have until March 18 to return to their homes. The Gas Co. will stop paying for the temporary housing on that date.
“Our top priorities are helping reassure their community is safe to return to and making the return home as seamless as possible,” said Gillian Wright, SoCalGas vice president for customer services. “Extensive sampling of outdoor air in the community and testing of residue from the well has shown that the community is a safe place to live and we hope these services will provide residents with additional peace of mind as they return to their normal lives.”
—City News Service
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